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This article is about a genus of snails. For the medieval composer who used this name, see Nicolaus Ricii de Nucella Campli.
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Three color varieties of Nucella emarginata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Gastropoda
(unranked): clade Caenogastropoda
clade Hypsogastropoda
clade Neogastropoda
Superfamily: Muricoidea
Family: Muricidae
Subfamily: Ocenebrinae
Genus: Nucella
Roding, 1798
Type species
Buccinum filosum Gmelin, 1791

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  • Polytropa Swainson, 1840
  • Polytropalicus Rovereto, 1899

Nucella, common name dog whelks or dog winkles, is a genus of small to medium-sized predatory sea snails, marine gastropod mollusks in the subfamily Ocenebrinae which is part of the large family Muricidae, the murex snails or rock snails.


Species in the genus Nucella include:[1]

Species brought into synonymy 
  • Nucella acuminata Carcelles, 1954 accepted as Acanthina unicornis (Bruguière, 1789)
  • Nucella castanea (Küster, 1886): synonym of Orania castanea (Küster, 1886)
  • Nucella cingulata (Linnaeus, 1771): synonym of Trochia cingulata (Linnaeus, 1771)
  • Nucella elongata Golikov & Kussakin, 1962: synonym of Nucella freycinetii (Deshayes, 1839)
  • Nucella heyseana var. elongata Golikov & Kussakin, 1962: synonym of Nucella heyseana (Dunker, 1882)
  • Nucella lindaniae Lorenz, 1991: synonym of Nucella wahlbergi (Krauss, 1848)
  • Nucella pyramidalis (Turton, 1932): synonym of Nucella dubia (Krauss, 1848)
  • Nucella theobroma Roding, 1798: synonym of Nucella lapillus (Linnaeus, 1758)


  1. ^ a b Nucella Röding, 1798. 2 January 2011. Retrieved through: World Register of Marine Species.
  • Vaught, K.C. (1989). A classification of the living Mollusca. American Malacologists: Melbourne, FL (USA). ISBN 0-915826-22-4. XII, 195 pp.
  • Gofas, S.; Le Renard, J.; Bouchet, P. (2001). Mollusca, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 180–213

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